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Lawyers spar at corruption trial

October 22, 2008

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— Prosecutors accused Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens on Tuesday of "believing he was above the law" when he failed to report extravagant gifts while defense lawyers said the government skewed skimpy evidence to try to convict an honest man who was too trusting of a crooked friend.

"Without sufficient evidence, the government comes here late in the night of a good man's life and tries to brand him a criminal," defense lawyer Brendan Sullivan told jurors in closing arguments.

Prosecutor Brenda Morris countered with an accusation that a very deliberate and crafty Stevens "believed he was above the law," and "he thinks he's entitled to break the law" by taking gifts whenever it suited him.

The Senate's longest-serving Republican senator is charged with lying on Senate financial disclosure forms about $250,000 in home renovations and other gifts he received from his friend, millionaire Bill Allen. If convicted, Stevens, 84, faces up to five years in prison on each of seven charges, though under federal sentencing guidelines, he probably would receive much less prison time or be put on probation.

The jury is expected to begin deliberations today. The 12-member panel must be unanimous to find Stevens guilty.

Comments

bondmen 6 years, 9 months ago

Barney Frank's gay lover worked for Freddie or was it Fannie? What undisclosed benefits,if any, did he or his organization receive from the powerful and verbally facile Barney Frank? What benefits,if any, did Barney Frank receive which he failed to disclose? On second thought, that is probably best not to publicly disclose!

jmadison 6 years, 9 months ago

Does Sen Chris Dodd report as income the imputed interest on a sweetheart mortgage for $800,000 from the mortgage lenders that he regulates? The Department of Justice should hirre a legion of lawyers to prosecute all the crooks that populate the Senate and the House.

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